Trekking in the Bale Mountains

Duration: 9days

Day 01: Drive southeast from Addis to Lake Side town of Awassa about 275kms,

Day 02: Take a morning lakeside walk to visit the Sidamo fisherman as they land their catches of Tilapia and catfish, and gut and fillet them by the lake. Then leave Awassa behind and drive along the rough road to the Bale Mountains National park, a journey that is both scenic and exciting.

Bale Mountain National Park is known for their wildlife. Over 60 mammals Species and 260 bird species have been recorded here.

Day 03: Trek from Dinsho (3100m) – Finch Hbera, 4hrs. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and different birds; before the camp sight (3300m) there is a waterfall, carved a deep cave under its ledge.

Day 04: Trek from Habera – Wasama, 5 – 6 hrs. Ethiopian Wolf and birds like Tawny Eagle, Augur Buzzard and the endemic Lammergeyer will meet you on your way.

Day 05: Trek from Wasama – Garba Gurcha (4,100m), 5 – 6 hrs. Cross Mt. Batu (4,203m), the second highest peak of the Bale Mountains National Park. The view over the lake and to the lowlands beyond is magnificent.

Day 06: Trek from Gabra Guracha – Senatti plateau, 4000m above sea level. Then after 2hrs walking met by the driver and proceed to the second highest mountain in Ethiopia, Mt. Tullu Deemtu 4,377mabove sea level. Search for the endemic Ethiopia Wolf and Abyssinian Hare.

Day 07: Drive to the SOF Omar Caves, an extraordinary natural phenomenon, about 120km.

It is one of the most spectacular and extensive underground cavern in the world.

Day 08: Today leave Bale and drive to Wondo Genet, about 5-hour drive. It is a forest resort. Bathe in the natural hot spring.  This exotic forest is a feast for myriads of birds.

Day 09: Drive back to Addis Ababa.